11 Facts About Slave Narratives That You May Not Know

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AR406-4-1-1Vast Authenticity

Ninety percent of the formerly enslaved wrote their speeches, letters and autobiographies, research has shown.

 

frontispieceGender Disparity

Black women were less likely to become literate post-slavery and wrote only 12 percent of enslaved autobiographies. Also, most of their accounts were dictated and transcribed by someone else.

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